Hawaii ::: Kahaluu + Hawi
On our second to last day on The Big Island, we decided to drive up to the north end of the Island since we knew we wanted to spend the following day in Hilo, at the volcano.
Wearing: Killin' It Tee (Brandy Melville), Patterned Skirt (Forever21), Round Frame Sunnies (Rayban)
Before heading up the north coast, we decided to stop at Kahaluu Beach, the park down the street from our house and go snorkeling throughout the popular cove.
We found this little guy perched between the flowers on the walk down.
And myself below, trying to take posing tips from the lizard...
...Although, my grandmother's hat looks fly, I think the lizard wins.
The entrance of Kahaluu Beach Park.
We didn't exactly have a concrete plan every day of our trip, but it was fun to spontaneously pull over along the drive. Hawaii is such a beautiful place, that it doesn't matter where you end up, it is guaranteed to be beautiful and unlike a place you've ever seen before.
We stopped and visited a 600 year old village. See who knew we'd encounter this village along the way!?
The way in which the rays of the sun glitter on the surface of the water will seemingly never be captured justly.
A typical native hut.
I'd make this my home if it meant I could stay in Hawaii.
Another thing typical in Hawaii, the beautiful Frangipani flower.
These are the flowers that they sell as hair-clips in all the souvenir shops (obviously had to have one), as imitation of the real ones woman dress their hair with.
Cows grazing along the countryside during the ride up to North Kohala.
Also along the drive, a historic tank, at a recreational park in the area.
We didn't make it to Pearl Harbor during our stay, but this tank was a reminder of the historical unreal moments that occurred here in Hawaii, during WWII.
We pulled over in the Hawi town and walked along the small strip of shops.
Sean was on the hunt for an authentic Hawaiian shirt, so this vintage shop ended up being the ideal spot.
The variety of shirts in the Hawi Gallery were incredible. Hawaiian landscapes, night scenes, colorful flowers, mai-tai's and surfers covered the sleeves and bodies of shirts that sold for over $100 each.
Sean ended up picking a shirt from the sale rack above for $20! So that ended up being a great find! His goal was to get a shirt from each island we visited, and he succeeded except for our one night stay in Oahu.
Our Air B&B host highly suggested making a trip to Sushi Rock, so we made the restaurant our final destination for the night before driving back home.
To our surprise, the owner of the restaurant also ended up being (a former) New Yorker.
He said he lived in the city for 30 years, never imagining he could live anywhere else, but once he left the buzzing of New York for Hawaii, he never looked back.
Sushi Rock is definitely a favorite local spot in the small town of Hawi. We ended up sitting next to the woman who sold Sean soap and her husband, if that gives you any idea of what kind of town it is.
It was definitely completely opposite from New York and a nice small town experience.
Spicy Tuna Roll.
Goat Cheese, Pesto and Cucumber Speciality Roll.
An appetizer special of the night: Beef Teriyaki cups.
Purple Sweet Potato Cheesecake.
Sushi Rock is located in the historic Hawi Hale Building, and if you're a foodie a must have! Although, I will disclaim that it is a local spot and the service runs a little slow later in the night, but it's totally worth it and maybe everyone needs to chill out and flow with the Hawaiian vibe.